Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides collaborative and comprehensive clinical and academic training for the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons. The team’s world-class faculty are highly trained in an array of orthopaedic subspecialties and are committed to the continuation of orthopaedic excellence.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to the education of medical students, residents and fellows. Thirty-one full-time teaching faculty work alongside volunteer faculty to train the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons.Learn More
Under the direction of accomplished research faculty and through the generous support of grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has multiple active studies with emphasis on orthopaedic trauma, bone healing and regeneration, biomechanics and joint replacement and more.Learn More
In addition to training medical students, residents and fellows, faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery practice at four clinical facilities on the Indianapolis campus, treating the entire musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, muscles and spine.Learn More
30 Adult Faculty Surgeons
5 Pediatric Faculty Surgeons
4 Research Faculty Members
L D. Wurtz, MD
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The primary research focus of Dan Wurtz, MD, is in the field of musculoskeletal oncology, and the diagnosis and treatment of primary and metastatic bone malignancies.
Emily T. Cha, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Emily T. Cha, MD, is an IU School of Medicine alum and an assistant professor. She specializes in general orthopaedic surgery and is among the department’s newest faculty recruits.
Melissa A. Kacena, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Melissa Kacena, PhD, leads the department's basic science division. Her research focuses on improving bone health, and she has worked in collaboration with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Brian H. Mullis, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Brian H. Mullis, MD, is the residency program director and a tenured professor. His specialty is orthopaedic trauma including acute upper and lower extremity trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction.
Tradition of Excellence
For more than 60 years, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at IU School of Medicine has attracted the best and brightest medical students, residents and fellows throughout Indiana and across the globe. Orthopaedic surgery trainees are at the forefront of medicine and assist the department’s faculty physicians in providing patient care using the most advanced technologies.
Graduate Medical Education Programs
IU School of Medicine offers a five-year orthopaedic surgery residency program as well as a one-year adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. Residents experience a broad spectrum of orthopaedics as they rotate through seven clinical facilities across Indianapolis. The Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship encompasses nearly all aspects of lower extremity adult reconstruction and requires fellows to demonstrate exemplary inpatient and outpatient musculoskeletal care for patients with emphasis on evidence-based decision-making. The curriculum for both programs is predicated on ACGME’s six core competencies.